Screen can exclusively reveal the first trailer for ‘Not So Friendly Neighbourhood Affair’, the latest film from Bosnian director Danis Tanovic which will open the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival on August 13, 2021.
The film’s world premiere will be screened at several locations at the opening of the festival, and will be shown as part of the Open Air program of the Sarajevo Film Festival.
Not So Friendly Neighbourhood Affair is written by Tanovic and Nikola Kupresanin. It is produced by Sarajevo Film Festival director Mirsad Purivatra; Amra Baksic Camo, head of the festival’s CineLink market; and Jovan Marjanovic, head of industry at the festival.
The film is a comedy set in Sarajevo in May 2021, as the city’s famous Old Town tries to recover after a difficult pandemic year. When a visitor from Zagreb comes looking for the best kebabs in town, a harmless gesture causes the disintegration of the business and private lives of several people.
Production firms are Bosnia and Herzegovinian cultural organisation the Obala Art Centar; and broadcaster TRT.
Branko Duric, Izudin Bajrovic, Helena Vukovic and Kerim Cutuna lead the cast.
Tanovic is best known for his war drama No Man’s Land, which won the Oscar for best international feature for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2002. He has twice won the Berlinale Silver Bear for 2013’s An Episode In The Life Of An Ironpicker and 2016’s Death In Sarajevo.
The festival has also confirmed the world premiere of Dragan Bjelogrlic’s Serbian title Toma as its closing film on August 20, which will play in the Open Air festival programme. The film is an impressionist portrait of Serbian folk singer Toma Zdravkovic.
Further additions to the festival programme include the world premiere of omnibus film Letters From The Ends Of The World as a Special Screening; plus Florian Zeller’s Oscar winner The Father, Panah Panahi’s Hit The Road, Asghar Farhadi’s A Hero, Michel Franco’s New Order and Anders Thomas Jensen’s Riders Of Justice, all in the Open Air programme.